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Mt. Juliets celebration will be held at Providence MarketPlace with fireworks at 9 p.m. following the conclusion of the Summer Concert Series, which will begin at 6 at the Center Stage in front of the Providence Regal Cinemas.


Following the fireworks, Mt. Juliet Police are expecting high traffic in the Providence area and will close the following intersections: Adams Lane at South Mt. Juliet Road, Crossing Circle at South Mt. Juliet Road, Providence MarketPlace Exit adjacent to Chick fil-A/Wendys and Providence MarketPlace Exit adjacent to Taco Bell.


MJPD is encouraging people to use alternate parking locations to watch the firework celebration. The fireworks will be visible from parking areas along Pleasant Grove Road near the Paddocks shopping development.


Mt. Juliet Police hopes this patriotic celebration is safe and enjoyable for everyone.Please remember that during this event our roadways will see a major increase in traffic, so delays should be expected, Sgt. Tyler Chandler said.


Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings said the fireworks are still planned for the eighth annual Stars, Stripes and Squirt Guns parade, but noted city officials will keep an eye on the weather between now and then.


We have no plans to cancel the fireworks at this time, Jennings said. Any really strong winds like theyre having out west could change that.


The parade is to start at 4 p.m. at Watertown Elementary School and fireworks will begin after dark. Residents are welcome and encouraged to bring squirt guns and other water weapons. Jeannie C. Riley and Nashville Rash will provide entertainment.


Also, Watertown Cares will host a fundraiser at the Agricultural Pavilion for Trayce Sackman, a local teachers aide diagnosed with breast cancer.


Both Mt. Juliet and Watertown lifted a ban on using fireworks at home for the Fourth of July, with Mt. Juliet residents being able to shoot fireworks from June 20 to July 5. Watertown residents can shoot fireworks from July 1 through July 5 at their homes and no plans are in place to limit those periods.


We have a limit (in Watertown) and we have not done anything to change that right now, Jennings said, referring to the open-period when residents in the city limits can shoot fireworks.


Were just asking people to use caution and be smart, Jennings said.


Also, no plan is in place to prevent Mt. Juliet residents from using fireworks at home during the open period. However, Chandler noted that no fireworks are permitted between the hours of 10 p.m. and 10 a.m.


The City of Lebanon has a ban on fireworks use within city limits at all times and fireworks cannot be sold within city limits, either.


Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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